Crystal Palace Returns to Buffet, but Still is Lacking

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Buffets are back at Walt Disney World, and that includes the Magic Kingdom classic: Main Street, U.S.A.’s Crystal Palace!

Crystal Palace has been open for several months, but only as a family-style meal where the food is brought to your table; and even though the Winnie the Pooh characters have yet to return, the restaurant’s buffet now has.

True to its name, Crystal Palace was inspired by the Victorian greenhouses of the 1800s – particularly the Crystal Palace from London’s 1851 Great Exhibition.

The restaurant boasts gorgeous glass ceilings, white, delicate archways, and sweet topiaries representing your friends and mine from the Hundred Acre Wood.

What You Need to Know

The Crystal Palace is located at the end of Main Street, U.S.A. between Casey’s Corner and the main entrance into Adventureland. At the time of writing, it’s only open for lunch and dinner with the former beginning at 11:30 a.m. and the latter at 3:00 p.m. to park closing.

Both meals are priced at $39 per adult and $23 per child, not including tax and gratuity. Fortunately, Annual Passholder discounts are available.

The Food

Crystal Palace offers American fare and allergen-friendly guides available upon request. Disney’s website does list some of the buffet’s offerings online which I will include below, along with photos of what our park reporter Chrissy found when she visited the restaurant upon its reopening.

Since there are so many options with Crystal Palace being a buffet, I’m only sharing Chrissy’s thoughts on the dishes that truly made an impression.

  • Seasonal Salads
  • Meats, Cheeses, Fruits

  • Country Fried Chicken with Black Pepper Gravy
  • Braised Beef Short Rib
  • Mashed Potatoes

 

  • Carved Prime Rib
    • Chrissy says this was one of the restaurant’s better items.

  • Seasonal Ravioli
  • Fresh Seasonal Vegetables
  • Walt’s Favorite Dishes
    • Several items on the buffet were labeled as being “Walt Disney’s Favorites”

  • Shrimp
    • According to Chrissy, the shrimp was pretty good too.

  • Kid’s Buffet
    • Chicken Strips, Mini Quesadillas & Pizzas, and Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

  • Desserts
    • The soft-serve machines were both out at one time; however, they did come back up during Chrissy’s visit. But of all the desserts, Chrissy recommended the cobbler.

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Savannah Sanders

Savannah has been visiting Disney World since she was a year old and has gone back almost every year since. In the real world, she teaches high school history and government and enjoys writing about all things Disney. Savannah can be reached on Twitter @DisneyParkSavvy.

One thought on “Crystal Palace Returns to Buffet, but Still is Lacking

  • September 20, 2021 at 4:22 pm
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    well..I just returned and ate at Chrystal Palace on a late 720 time. I found it to be good. even at the late hour food was getting replaced..except mashed potatoes at like 730. I asked and was told more was coming..waited 10 min. still none..asked again and the carving chef went into the kitchen and brought me a bowl. thank you sir! I loved the braised beef over the potatoes….I thought it was worth the money in deserts alone….
    Also ate at the Diamond Horseshoe..found the food and service to be excellent! the brisket was fantastic..asked for more and got it….most of the restaurants had “SEATING AVAILABLE” SIGNS. so if you have a time ressie that was either too early or late..ask.NICELY and they might be able to accommodate you. they pushed my diamond horseshoe back an hour fir me.

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